NES Rules Format: 8-bit Nintendo Tetris (not Tengen).
You are allowed to bring your own original standard unmodified NES controller.
Qualifying Round (Saturday, Oct. 21st)
- Qualifying round will be held on Saturday in the free-play area at 8 NES Stations from 10AM-4:30PM.
- Entry fee is $15. Once paid, entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as they are wiling to stand in line for. NES stations will be available to rent for one period of one hour for an additional fee (for more info, see NEW RULES below).
- Qualifying attempts will be on type A Tetris for highest score starting on level 9 or higher.
- Once an entrant’s game is over for any reason, they must make sure their score is recorded by a scorekeeper and then return to the back of the line for another attempt.
- The Qualifying Round will determine the seeding of a 32-person tournament bracket for the Main Event on Sunday.
MAIN EVENT (Sunday, Oct. 22nd)
A five-round, 32-bracket seeded tournament tree will be created from the top 32 qualifying scores. With Seed 1 playing seed 32, seed 2 playing seed 31, etc., with standard format of higher seeds gaining advantage throughout the tree.
- Each match consists of up to 3 games. First player to win 2 games wins the match and proceeds to the next round.
- The higher-seeded player in each match will choose the starting level of 15 or 18 for game 1. The lower seed will choose for game 2, and if necessary, the higher seed will choose for game 3. (Starting level during rounds 2-5 will always be 18).
- Once the starting level is chosen, the ref will roll dice to determine the piece sequence.
- The players will set their games to the rolled sequence and the agreed upon level and push start simultaneously at the prompt of the referee. Referees will settle any disputes.
- The player with the highest score wins. If one player tops-out and the other player already has a higher score, the game is finished. If one player tops-out and the other player has a lower score, that player will continue until they either top-out (having lost) or exceed the other player’s score, winning the game.
- If a player pauses the game or causes the machine to malfunction (e.g. yanking on controller) they will lose that game. If the console or TV malfunctions on its own and the player is within 300k points of their opponent the game will be replayed.
The tournament will consist of five rounds. The final round (round 5) will be first to win 3 games (best 3 out of 5). Grand Prize will be $1000, Runner-up will receive $500.
Tetris The Grandmaster Rules and Schedule Format: Tetris The Grand Master
Qualifying Round (Saturday 10AM-2PM)
- Qualifying round will be held on Saturday in the free-play area from 10:00AM-2:00PM.
- Entry fee is $10. Once paid, entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as they wish.
- Qualifying attempts will be played in the regular game mode of Tetris The Grand Master. The objective is to obtain the highest level possible. Ties will be broken first by grade achieved, then by fastest game time.
- Once an entrant’s game is over, they must make sure their score is recorded by a scorekeeper and return to the back of the line to make another attempt.
- The top 8 qualifying scores will determine the seeding for the Main Event if there are 23 entrants or less. For 24-31, the top 12 will qualify with the top 4 players getting a bye. For 32 or more entrants, the top 16 will make finals.
MAIN EVENT (Saturday 3PM-4:30PM)
Finals will run as follows:
The first round will consist of four groups playing 3 4-player races each. The winner of each race (determined by level reached, then grade, then game time) will receive 4 points, the second place player will receive 2, and third place will receive 1. After the 3 games are over, the top 2 players from each group will advance.
The groups are seeded as follows for 16 players:
For 12 players:
1,2,3,4 get a bye into the semi-finals
For 8 players:
The semi-finals will run the same way, resulting in a group of 4 players that will play another 3-game race to determine the order of the top 4.
- Grand Prize: TBA!
SNES Amateur Tournament Rules and Schedule Format: Snes “Tetris and Dr. Mario”
Qualifying Round (Saturday 10AM-12PM)
- Qualifying round will be held on Saturday in the free-play area from 10:00AM-2:00PM. Entrants may use their own standard, unmodified controller.
- Entry fee is $5. Players entering TGM or NES CANNOT enter SNES (it is our amateur tournament._ Once paid, entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as they are willing to stand in line for.
- Qualifying attempts will be on type B, level 9, height 0.
- Once an entrant’s game is over, they must make sure their score is recorded by a scorekeeper and return to the back of the line.
- The top 8 qualifying scores will determine the seeding for the Main Event.
MAIN EVENT (Saturday at 1PM):
A standard three-round, 8-bracket, single-elimination seeded tournament tree will be created from the top 8 qualifying scores.
Each match will be standard first-to-win-three Vs. Mode preset in SNES Tetris (a “Battle” mode where players send “garbage” blocks to each other’s Matrix when scoring doubles, triples, or Tetrises.)
Grand Prize TBA!
This year there will be 6 NES stations available for blocks of uninterrupted qualifying attempts. Each player has the option to reserve a station for one hour for an additional fee of $20. At the player’s scheduled time, they can play for one full hour. No resetting allowed.
Players who choose to rent stations may also stand in line for additional attempts throughout the rest of the Saturday qualifiers.
Sign-ups for rental stations will begin on Monday, October 16th at noon Pacific time. Visit the sign-up sheet to reserve your spot.
This is an exciting opportunity for our contestants to post a great score and still have time to enjoy the amazing PRGE expo!
In the event of multiple max-outs during qualifiers, those seeding ties will be broken by 2nd best score of the day. If multiple players score 2 max-outs, ties will be broken by 3rd highest score of the day, and so on.
New Rankings Calculation Method (NES)
There is a slight change in the Final Rankings Method. Final Rankings will now be determined by, in order of importance, 1.) round advanced to, 2.) games won in losing match, 3.) combined score of the two losing scores in the losing match. (this eliminates the possibility of being penalized for winning a game with a very low score)